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International ArtExpo

International ArtExpo
I've been getting emails (spam?) from the following organization... they sound quite interesting though, especially how they formed.

International ArtExpo<<

ArtExpo is an international art event. Its object is to use new technologies to globalize the language of art, to connect the conceptual points of contact of artists working in every part of the world, all united in the thick plot of the world net.

Does this sound familiar?

A group of artists called ArtExpo is formed on the internet. 23 artists decide to change the way they work. They decide to be independent.  ArtExpo is set up as an itinerant encounter. No headquarters, no fixed address, no bonds. <<

It's worthwhile checking their events and call for entries periodically. This might be something OCC would want to be involved in, especially because of the similar foundation of both groups.

Visit the website.

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  • Perhaps they can be assimilated...
    - [stargrazer]

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Nuclear Waste...My Back Yard or Yours?


This is quite a lengthy article that was e-mailed to me by John Miller.  I've paraphrased and excerpted it below, please check out the New York Times article for the full scoop.  Looks like the spin doctors are at it again...

"A Tribe, Nimble and Determined, Moves Ahead With Nuclear Storage Plan"

Published: February 28, 2005
SKULL VALLEY, Utah - The Goshute Indians are not mighty in number, financial capital or political clout. But over the last eight years the Goshutes have outlasted, outwitted and outplayed powerful forces arrayed against them, as they have sought to build what would be the nation's biggest bunker for the storage of highly radioactive waste.

The State of Utah has argued that a storage dump would be a catastrophe-in-waiting - too close to a major population center, too dependent on the movement of highly dangerous waste by rail, too vulnerable to terrorists.

"This isn't their backyard, it's our backyard," said Leon D. Bear, the tribe's chairman, in an interview on the reservation where he had stopped by the tribe's gravel mining business one recent morning.

Tribal leaders say that the state has never respected the Goshutes, and that their reservation has been encircled for decades by environmentally bad neighbors that the tribe had no veto power over.  A military nerve gas storage facility sits just to the east of the reservation. A coal-fired power plant is to the south.

State officials say the environmental record in this part of the West scares them, too, and reinforces their resolve to fight the Goshutes. Nuclear testing in the 1950's in Nevada is blamed for high rates of cancer in some parts of western Utah. The topic still touches a nerve, compounded all the more by the fact that Utah has no nuclear plants and so no waste of its own to store.

When the Private Fuel Storage project was proposed in the late 1990's, a permanent home for the nation's nuclear waste, at Yucca Mountain in Nevada, seemed largely on track for completion by 2010. But delays and questions about geological safety have thrown that schedule into disarray.

At the same time, a renewed interest in nuclear energy has raised the possibility that more nuclear power plants could be built around the nation, bringing more waste with it.

State officials say they worry that "temporary" would become permanent, either because Yucca Mountain never opens, or because there is so much waste that both facilities are needed.

Some opponents of the storage plan say Mr. Bear, who grew up off the reservation but returned as an adult, is ignoring the power of Goshute traditions, and the spiritual connection to the land that they say could be destroyed by storing nuclear waste here.

"He's trying to justify what he's doing, using economic development as a shield to put the waste wherever he wants," said Margene Bullcreek, a tribe member who opposes the storage plan. "We're concerned with health, but it's also the land we believe in. I think this could destroy whatever sacredness is there."


Peter's editorial:

So nuclear power is supposed to be "too cheap to meter," eh?  Then why is it still subsidized at $0.03/kwh?  And why is the government using taxpayer money to buy off the highly radioactive byproducts of a private industry -- with the effect that such action will financially free that industry to produce MORE spent nuclear fuel rods? 

This is not "clean" power -- it just diverts the expenses and potential risks into the future -- a future where clean, safe power options may likely be even more difficult to harness.  So what gives with the spin doctoring of the traditionally dirty and dangerous nuclear power industry?  We have abundant opportunity to invest in renewable sources like wind, solar and hydro power.  Next time your power goes out, step outside and see if there is a breeze, or if the sun is shining.  See if you can hear a river anywhere nearby.  These are things that do not stop for "rolling blackouts," nor for the poor energy policies of our state and federal governments.

So what do I suggest?  How about a moratorium on the production of new fuel rods until the existing stockpile of spent nuclear fuel is accounted for and safely dealt with -- BY THE INDUSTRY THAT PRODUCED IT, AT THEIR EXPENSE.  Then perhaps consumers will see the true price of nuclear power.  Is it not interesting that neither Utah nor Nevada have any nuclear power facilities of their own, yet we expect them to store the waste products of power consumers from the east coast and Great Lakes region?

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screw music forever.


free103point9 is a nonprofit media arts organization focused on establishing and cultivating the genre Transmission Arts by promoting artists who explore ideas around transmission as a medium for creative expression. These investigations include practices in AM and FM radio, Citizen's Band, walkie-talkie, generative sound, and other broad and microcasting technologies utilizing the transmission spectrum. free103point9 serves diverse public audiences through programs including an online radio station, a distribution label, a performance/exhibition/transmission series, a preservation program, an education initiative, and a forthcoming artist-in-residency program.

check out the website
you can also delve into previous transmissions, and listen to their online radio here.

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  • has the fcc approved this? this sounds like a project that would really burn mic...more
    - [Ande]
  • I like all the colorful text!
    - [stargrazer]
  • thanks, peter. taste the rainbow.
    - [ben]
  • would yelling through a megaphone count? I know there's an experimental subgenr...more
    - [stargrazer]

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OCC + Collaboration .2 Update


Hi all,
Just a little note as to what's going on in OCC land...

We are currently organizing and preparing JOMAS, the journal of words and images, with a scheduled release sometime in May. We recieved an amazing collection of audio and visual work from around the globe: from digital animation, photomontage, documentary shorts and video installation, to sound installation, electronic, hip hop, poetry and lo-fi rock- and it looks right now like we will be releasing a *double* DVD and an audio CD. We're pretty excited.

We have decided to extend the deadline for Collaboration .2 (with no known date yet), because we feel it would be easier for OCC as a collective to secure funds for the travelling exhibition. When we crunched the numbers, it was quite apparent that Collaboration .2 as an internationally travelling exhibition was going to require a lot more money in the bank than we can supply as an 'unofficial' non-profit organization.

Which brings us to our standing as a 501c3 (to those outside the US: this is tax form terminology for legal non-profit status). A handful of OCC members have taken on the task of helping us become a 501c3 organization, and they are dilligently tracking down forms, planning the budget, organizing funds, writing bylaws and all of that other fun stuff (you can view the notes from our meeting here, view pictures here). Our sincere gratitude to those who have come forward to help the group out (if you'd like to lend a hand, please contact us).

We have also asked Peter Richards to design this years
„mini˝ jowai, which we're pretty excited about. We hope you are too (we'll post more info, along with a call for entry and a deadline on the site soon).

So that about does it. Please remember to share and be nice.


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a small light


 Nick Gaydos created a splendid website for the film, a small light, by OCC member, Julia Yebick. A streaming version of the film can be viewed their in it's entirety (and in pretty darn good resolution, as well). The film can also be seen on the big screen at the East Lansing Film Festival (March 30 - April 3) and the Hearts and Minds Film Festival (March 2 - 6).

The film synopis can be read below:

A Hindu sadhu narrates 'a small light,' in which a Catholic nun cares for a group of elderly living out their remaining days at the auspicious site of Pashupathinath temple.

A look at old age, death and dying in a Hindu temple in Kathmandu, Nepal, this documentary is a unique experimental  hybrid of observational cinema and metaphorical narrative.

Exploring cross-religious views on death and karma, 'a small light' follows the daily life of a home for the elderly situated along the cremation ghats of Pashupathinath temple.

It speaks of earthly embodiment and the confines and constructs of the mortal body in contrast to the eternal soul. Through the story of the elderly we see the differing views (but at times convergence) of the Eastern and Western religiously devoted.

Click here to visit the website.

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  • thanks ben! i felt like my own self-promotion on OCC for this particular project...more
    - [pax]
  • Congratulations about the ELFF! Oh, and the other festival, too....
    - [stargrazer]
  • thanks peter!
    - [pax]
  • the date/time has been set! my film will be playing at 2pm on Sunday, April 3rd...more
    - [pax]
  • Julia, I received your postcard. Thank you! They look very professional (of co...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Congratulations, Julia, on being awarded the ELFF's "Most Promising Filmmak...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Free Legal Services


This came from Christine Stamas at the Detroit Artists Market:

The Detroit Artists Market (DAM) and ArtServe Michigan's Volunteer Lawyers
for Arts and Culture program have joined together in a major project to
provide free monthly legal services to Detroit area artists. The next Artist
Legal Clinic will be held on Saturday, February 5th from 1 - 3 p.m. at the
DAM gallery located at 4719 Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

The Clinic is an opportunity for artists to seek private consultations on
their arts-related legal issues with one of the volunteer attorneys. After
an initial consultation at the Artists Legal Clinic if it is determined that
the artist has a more in-depth legal issue the artist will be pre-qualified
using the Volunteer Lawyers for Arts and Culture (VLAC) income guidelines
and the case placed with a volunteer attorney.

The ArtServe Volunteer Lawyers for Arts and Culture is a referral service
that provides pro-bono legal assistance to income eligible artists and arts
and cultural organizations. Legal assistance available covers a wide range
of areas including contracts, copyrights, patents, trademarks, acquisition
of business space, real estate, constitutional rights and First Amendments
issues, etc.

For more information, please contact Kim Dabbs, Director of Service Programs
at ArtServe via email at or by phone at

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  • Thanks Christine and Peter! This is great info.
    - [nick]
  • Will anyone in the Detroit area be able to attend? Seems like a good oppoertuni...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • i would like to go on Saturday... but am not really sure what questions I should...more
    - [pax]
  • I can't think of specific questions, but I wonder if they could offer advice on...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • sorry guys. i couldn't make it. maybe next month.
    - [pax]

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OCC 501(c)3 Meeting

I just got back from meeting OCC'ers Michelle, Peter, Nayiri, Julia and Ben at Amer's Cafe in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We took about two hours this afternoon to talk about the steps we are going to take to become a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

By becoming a 501(c)3, Outside Circle Collective will be able to better serve our member-artists by making it easier to obtain and provide funding to promote the artists and the collective as a whole. We expect that we can raise funding through sponsorship, grants, membership and donations while keeping the financial impact on our artists to a minimum.

Currently, we are in the process of drafting Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, as well as seeking out the US government and State of Michigan forms to make us "official."

If you would like to help in the process, have some background knowledge or know someone who would be willing to help (a lawyer or consultant), please let us know.

We're new to this stuff.

It wasn't all work though... we took a short, but very cold walk over to the University of Michigan Museum of Art to see the László Moholy-Nagy exhibit.

- nick

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A Concert to Honor and Aid Victims of the December 26 Tsunami


From OCC member
V.A. Gayathri:

Wednesday, January 26, 2005
7:00 PM
Rackham Auditorium, The University of Michigan

The Centers for South and Southeast Asian Studies and the International Institute at the University of Michigan, and the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, with the support of other university programs, will present a concert of South and Southeast Asian dance and music to honor and aid victims of the earthquake and tsunami on December 26, 2004.

One month to the day after this tragedy, a distinguished group of Asian artists will come together to mark its effect on our community and our world. The principal performers are world-class professional dancers and musicians from Indonesia and India, all of them visitors in residence at U-M. Didik Nini Thowok, superb Indonesian dancer, V.A. Gayathri, a prominent Bharatha Natyam dancer, Pamardi, a master dancer and teacher from Indonesia, and Jun Wakabayashi, a master Butoh dancer from Japan will be performing. Their performances, born of ancient cultures shaped in part by millennia of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, monsoons and floods, will serve as an observance for the University and Ann Arbor communities of lives lost and changed. The concert will also offer an opportunity for members of the audience to help with relief efforts through contributions to Oxfam, which is doing excellent work on the ground in South and Southeast Asia. The program will be opened by the U-M Gamelan Ensemble, playing "Wilujeng," a traditional Javanese piece that often begins gamelan concerts in Java.

The concert is free and open to the public. Contributions in cash or check will be accepted for Oxfam-USA at the door. Suggested contributions are $5 or higher for students, and $10 or higher for others. Rehearsals for the concert will be open to the public between 1 pm and 5 pm, and contributions will be accepted at that time too.

For more information, please contact the Centers for South and Southeast Asian Studies at 734.764.0452, by email at, or see our web pages at and

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  • cool! i'll be there.
    - [pax]
  • congratulations, gaya. how was your show in mexico?
    - [Ande]
  • Any feedback from the show? This sounded cool, but I couldn't go. How was it?
    - [nick]

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Call for work: Choreography as an Aethetics of Change

Got this today from Louis:


13th May ­ -> 12th June 2005, Limerick /Dublin, Ireland

Framemakers, a symposium that explores a world understood in terms of relations, order and ecologies, is currently seeking to commission and-or present new artistic work that actively engages with existing social choreography, or develops alternative structures of human relationships.

The Framemakers project initiated by Daghdha Dance Company, in Association with The Project Arts Centre, Dublin and in partnership with such leading Irish institutions as The Ralahine Centre for Utopian Studies, University of Limerick, weaves together key strands of choreographic experimentation and presentation, culminating in a month long programme including a week of talks and discussions by guest international and national speakers in Project, Dublin (May 29th ­- June 4th ) and a four-week public thinktank/exhibiton at Daghdha¹s Church in Limerick city (May 13th ­ June 12th).

Proposals are sought from artists working in ANY medium. Commissions will not exceed 7000 Euro; co-productions are welcome. Please send a proposal outlining the concept, technical requirements, budget and relevant supporting material to:

Daghdha Dance Company
1 John's Square
Limerick, Ireland

There are no other formal requirements for the submission of a project. Project specific questions can be addressed to

Closing date: 25th February.
For more information visit

Supported by the Irish Arts Council, An Chomhairle Ealaion

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Masters of Illusion: 150 Years of Trompe l’Oeil in America


The newest exhibit at Kresge Art Museum in East Lansing, Michigan:

"When translated from French, trompe l’oeil literally means “to fool-the-eye.” Over 45 works of art will be on display and include paintings by the famous 19th century American artists William Michael Harnett and John Frederick Peto.

Some of the contemporary artists include Tom Friedman, Sylvia Mangold, Robert Gober, Vernon Fisher, Alan Magee, Sam Taylor-Wood, and Federico Castelluccio (known for his role as Furio Giunta on HBO’s The Sopranos).

The trompe l’oeil style has existed for centuries, but in the mid-19th century American painters became its foremost practitioners. These painters try to make the images on the canvas seem three-dimensional and to extend into the viewer’s space. They use depth and receding and jutting planes to achieve the illusion. “For some painters, the illusion lies in the details. In Vernon Fisher’s case, it is a small sculpted fly resting on a large abstract canvas,” says April Kingsley, curator of the exhibition."

EXHIBITION: Masters of Illusion: 150 Years of Trompe l’Oeil in America
DATES: January 10 – March 20, 2005
OPENING: Sunday, January 16, 2-5 p.m.
LOCATION: Kresge Art Museum, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich.

Of note:
There will be number of lectures related to the exhibit planned including one on January 25th by visiting artist Jonathan Seliger from New York City. The schedule of events is available on their website.

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Shaking up the Zodiac -- What Sign are you Really?


It all started when I had a discussion over the holidays with my niece Meredith about the Chinese Zodiac.  I had always been under the impression that I was a Tiger, since I was born in 1974.  I did not realize that the breaks in the year occur at a different time in the Chinese Zodiac (the placemats at restaurants don't go into this much detail!), so, I am in fact born in the year of the Ox.

Later in the week, I was hanging out with my friend David, and the topic came up again.  He pulled out an astronomy book and told me about a controversy concerning a 13th constellation that has moved into the traditional Zodiac.  This thirteenth sign, Ophiuchus the Serpent Bearer, falls between Scorpio and Sagittarius, and shifts all the signs somewhat.

Now, I am a skeptic by nature, but I do read my horoscope frequently (even fortune cookies captivate me), and I always felt that I was very much a Capricorn.  According to this new information, I am in fact a Sagittarius!

Sun Sign    Meaning   Dates 
01:   Pisces   the Fishes   12 Mar to 18 Apr 
02:   Aries   the Ram   19 Apr to 13 May 
03:   Taurus   the Bull   14 May to 19 Jun 
04:   Gemini   the Twins   20 Jun to 20 Jul 
05:   Cancer   the Crab   21 Jul to 9 Aug
06:  Leo   the Lion   10 Aug to 15 Sep 
07:  Virgo   the Maiden   16 Sep to 30 Oct 
08:  Libra   the Scales   31 Oct to 22 Nov 
09:  Scorpius   the Scorpion   23 Nov to 29 Nov   
10:  Ophiuchus    the Serpent Bearer   30 Nov to 17 Dec 
11  Sagittarius   the Archer   18 Dec to 18 Jan 
12:  Capricornus     the Sea Goat   19 Jan to 15 Feb 
13:  Aquarius   the Water Carrier   16 Feb to 11 Mar

This would seem to throw the whole astrological world into disarray.  Here's a link or two with more about Ophiuchus.

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  • Yesterday we began the Chinese year of the Rooster.
    - [stargrazer]

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Alphabet Synthesis Machine


Alphabet Synthesis Machine
Software by Golan Levin with Jonathan Feinberg and Cassidy Curtis

The Art21 Alphabet Synthesis Machine is an online artwork which allows visitors to create and breed personalized "nonsense alphabets"—coherent sets of abstract forms which might resemble the plausible writing systems of imaginary civilizations or unfamiliar societies. It is an aid to explorers of the liminal territory between familiarity and chaos. An interactive Java applet, the Machine invites
you to evolve the letterforms of a personalized "alien alphabet": the possible writing system of your own
imaginary civilization.

click here to visit website

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  • I like this!
    - [stargrazer]

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filmmaker, jobless but inspired, seeking poets who like collaborations


well, i really didn't want this to be like a want ad... but frankly that is what it is... so why hide it.

so as all of you should know by now we have 2 big OCC events/pieces coming up: JOMAS and the Collaborations .2 exhibit.  For one or both of these I would like to make a film involving spoken word poets speaking about social issues that effect their everyday lives.

so if anyone is interested or would like more information on my artistic vision for this project, please contact me at:

cheers! julia. (oh, and i am back in MICHIGAN now, so this is mainly aimed at all of you michiganders - although i am an equal opportunity collaborator)

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  • You know I am down. I am out here in the Pacific Northwest trying to start rippi...more
    - [name not provided]
  • julia and i will be at Magdalena's Open Mic Poetry Reading this Sunday, Dec. 12t...more
    - [ben]
  • I'll help/contribute...of course I read poems much better after a couple drinks...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • i will be sending out an "update" to anyone interested soon, just wait...more
    - [pax]

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socialist designers manifesto


Socialist Designers is a collective of politically conscious graphic designers who have agreed to follow an "indisputable set of rules." SD was founded October 2001 by Fabrizio Gilardino, an Italian graphic designer based in Montreal, Canada.Their "Vows of Chastity" were inspired by the DOGME 95 manifesto written in 1995 by Danish filmmakers Lars von Trier (Dancer in the Dark, Dogville) and Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration):

1. Design must be done on location. "Props and sets" (i.e., stock photographs and illustrations) must not be brought in.

2. Design must be done in spot colors. Four color process and varnish are not acceptable.

3. Photoshop filters and any other filters are forbidden.

4. Design must not contain superficial elements.

5. Temporary and geographical alienation are forbidden (that is that design must take place here and now).

6. "Genre" design is not acceptable.
       -Montreal, Fall 2001

"We are socialist because we have social concerns, because we are interested in a very specific way of thinking about life, about a better life. Being ocnscious of the fact that anything you do in a certain way is very political. Every time you talk, every time you buy something, every time you apply certain priciples (conscious or unconscious or whatever), you make a political statement. I really have problems when graphic designers say, 'I'm not into politics,' or, 'Politics bother me,' or, 'I'm not interested in it.' That's so absurd to me. I can't relate to this way of seeing things."
-Fabrizio Gilardino

Click here to view some album cover art the Gilardino has done for DAME (a Canadian music distribution and promotion company)- try to see if there is a difference in his post manifesto work (+ '01).

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  • imposing limitations is often (counterintuitively) liberating. "Anything g...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • god.
    - [ben]

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jean rouch tribute website


Jean Rouch web site Jean Rouch was a universally-acclaimed filmmaker, anthropologist, civil engineer, explorer, and storyteller. His sudden death in February 2004 has brought an outpouring of gratitude and memories from friends, colleagues, students and audiences around the world.

Documentary Educational Resources, the major distributor of Rouch’s films in the U.S., presents a new web site in collaboration with Brenda Baugh, Craig Johnson and Talisman Interactive. This site is a place to share memories of Jean, to tell the story of his extraordinary life and work, and to bring his films to a wider audience. We invite you to learn more about Jean Rouch and to participate in the worldwide community that has been inspired by him. Access the new web site at


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anyone can rock the party.


vice magazine's
guide to djing, covering the essentials: technique, gear, perks and etiquette.

by amy kellner

You know that thing called DJing? Playing records in bars or at stupid art openings for money? Guess what DJing is? The biggest fucking bullshit con of all time! People who get over as DJs are making the easiest money ever, because they've convinced every PR person and club owner in the world that they're doing something only a few natural-born geniuses can do. It's laughable. A 70-year-old blind Ethiopian leper with 10 broken fingers can "spin" just as well as any B-list celebrity at any instore party for some gay snowboarding jeans company. I promise[...]

I've been making loads of supplementary income by DJing for a few years now, and I can barely even scratch my own back. All you really need is a CD burner, Kazaa, and passably cool taste in music. Here, I'll tell you all about my life as a party DJ[...]

click here for the full article.

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  • djs aint shit but hos and tricks
    - [Ande]
  • cool purple bowling ball vinyl.
    - [stargrazer]

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the corporation


I highly recommend this compelling (though somewhat long winded) film to all. It definetly sheds a broader perspective on how and why many corporations end up functioning in a socially negative way, and how to make a difference through activism.

From the website's synopsis:

One hundred and fifty years ago, the corporation was a relatively insignificant entity. Today, it is a vivid, dramatic and pervasive presence in all our lives. Like the Church, the Monarchy and the Communist Party in other times and places, corporation is today's dominant institution. But history humbles dominant institutions. All have been crushed, belittled or absorbed into some new order. The corporation is unlikely to be the first to defy history. In this complex and highly entertaining documentary, Mark Achbar, co-director of the influential and inventive MANUFACTURING CONSENT: NOAM CHOMSKY AND THE MEDIA, teams up with co-director Jennifer Abbott and writer Joel Bakan to examine the far-reaching repercussions of the corporation's increasing preeminence. Based on Bakan's book The Corporation: The Pathological Pursuit of Profit and Power, the film is a timely, critical inquiry that invites CEOs, whistle-blowers, brokers, gurus, spies, players, pawns and pundits on a graphic and engaging quest to reveal the corporation's inner workings, curious history, controversial impacts and possible futures. Featuring illuminating interviews with Noam Chomsky, Michael Moore, Howard Zinn and many others, THE CORPORATION charts the spectacular rise of an institution aimed at achieving specific economic goals as it also recounts victories against this apparently invincible force.

The website also has a myriad of ways you can get involved in grassroots activism including a Global Referendum on Corporate Power, their own iniative i-corp,  as well as an all encompassing links list of important activist and awareness organizations.

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  • another amazing documentary that ben and i saw dealing with socio-political issu...more
    - [pax]

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Collaboration .2 [call for entries]

Outside Circle Collective
Collaboration .2
Call For Entries

Members of Outside Circle Collective are invited to submit proposals for Collaboration .2, an international travelling exhibition to begin mid-2005. Each entry should be a proposed collaboration between two or more members (eg, a musician and a painter, a web designer, a film maker and a dancer; whatever fits).

Please submit names and contact information with a proposal of no more than three pages. Submissions may propose work in any format, but no funding will be provided. All proposed work must be self-financed.

Proposals can be emailed to or snail mailed to :

Outside Circle Collective
426 West Second St.
Rochester, MI USA

Submission Deadline is February 15, 2005.

If you would like more information about the exhibition or Outside Circle Collective, send email or visit the website listed below.

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  • Yay! Thanks for the way prettier posting (and content!)
    - [name not provided]
  • i learned it by watching you.
    - [ben]

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Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID): Metamorphosis

metacard-smallCAID: A Detroit, Michigan based conteporary arts community now has a home and is debuting its first show in the new space:

Metamorphosis will open on Saturday, November 13, 2004 and run through December 18, 2004.

Opening reception: November 13, 2004 ( 6pm to 11pm )

The exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public.

Exhibiting curators and artists they've selected for Metamorphosis include:

  • Charles McGee (founder in 1978) presents Larry Cressman
  • Nelson Smith presents Chelsea Fields
  • Sue Carmen Vian presents Rick Vian
  • Rose E DeSloover presents Linda Lutomski
  • Deanna Sperka presents Lola Sonnenshein
Contemporary Art Institute of Detroit (CAID)
5141 Rosa Parks Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48208
(313) 899-CAID

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east lansing art festival

42nd Annual East Lansing Art Festival Announces Call to Fine Artists, Fine Craftpersons & Emerging Artists

October 29, 2004

EAST LANSING, Mich.- The East Lansing Art Festival is seeking fine artists, fine craftpersons and emerging artists for its May 21 & 22, 2005 Art Festival. This juried art festival, held in the streets of downtown East Lansing, welcomes 230 talented artists from across the United States and Canada and as many as 12 emerging artists affiliated (within 2-3 years) with any university, college or art school.

Rated as one of the top art festivals in the country, the East Lansing Art Festival draws an estimated attendance of 70,000 from across Michigan and the Midwest region. In addition to our artist exhibitors, the Festival features free performances on two stages, an international style food court, and a hands-on art activities area. Admission for festival attendees is free.  

For more details, participation rules and applications, please visit our website at If you are an emerging artist please click on 2005 emerging artist application link, and if you are a fine artist or fine craftsperson please click on 2005 artist application link.

If you would prefer to receive an application in the mail please provide name and mailing address to: East Lansing Art Festival, 410 Abbott Road, East Lansing, MI 48823, or call (517) 319-6804.  Please mention which application you would like to receive.

Application deadline is January 14, 2005.

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Peace Art Project Cambodia


With all of the brewha surrounding the expiration of the U.S. ban on assault rifles, it's great to see something constructive being done with AK-47s and other weapons of collectively massive destruction...Based in Phnom Penh, the PAPC involves 23 students from Royal University of Fine Arts Phnom Penh. "The completed work is exhibited and sold to promote contemporary Cambodian art, young Cambodian artisans and a weapon free society in Cambodia and globally." Anyone know of a similar project in the States? If not, perhaps there should be...

You can check out some of the work, including sculpture and furniture(!) at: and K4 Media at 



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  • gives new meaning to "swords into plowshares," which i always thought...more
    - [Ande]
  • There was an artist, a fashion designer I think, who briefly used brightly color...more
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Since we are rapidly approaching the third harvest festival of the year, I thought that I would kick off the season with a meditation.

Traditionally, Samhain was considered to be a time when the veil between the worlds was thin. (Hence the food offerings left on doorsteps for wandering dead/ ancient ancestors in Celtic countries.) Single candles shone in windows to guide lonely travelers. Apples were buried at crossroads for those souls unfortunate enough to have died without offspring. Men wore women's clothing and vice versa to avoid the gaze of the evil eye.

It was a night of magic and chaos where the dark side of the human soul rose to the surface. If we all have the face of the Stranger within, as Camus and Billy Joel both insist, it seems to me that Samhain allows the Stranger to wear our face for a night. Like the Lord of Misrule in Medieval times, this ability to turn ourselves and indeed---the world---topsy-turvy is a tremendous gift.

Why not invite the Stranger in a little early this year? Having eaten my asparagus (every damned bite) and minded my manners this year (almost nauseatingly well), I'm looking forward to the rising darkness.  

Happy Halloween.


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  • check out the post from a smahuin festival last year- http://spaces.outsidecircl...more
    - [ben]
  • Thanks, Ben. I'll do it.
    - [OtherPlace]
  • I've always enjoyed our own Halloween festival for the reason that even adults t...more
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Art Serve Michigan

  # is a good resource for Michigan-based artists.

Their mission:

ArtServe Michigan supports and advocates for the arts and cultural education in the state of Michigan. ArtServe Michigan accomplishes its mission by working with artists, educators, cultural organizations, businesses, volunteers and others through statewide programs, services and a variety of collaborative efforts.

Register online for Michigan Artist Directory's free monthly email listing of competitions, commissions, grants, calls for entries and job opportunities.

Visit the gallery/members pages.

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  • one problem i have with the Michigan Artist Directory is that is essentially a &...more
    - [ben]
  • This also means that anyone with $40 can be a member. Not to be elitist, but th...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • What I mean to say is that good art comes from all income levels, not just those...more
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ArtBots - The Robot Talent Show

From the Artbots Website:

Bionic Log"The Robot Talent Show will take place on September 17, 18, & 19 from noon to 6:00pm at The Mink Building on 126th Street & Amsterdam Avenue in Harlem.

Featuring the work of 20 artists and groups from seven countries, the show celebrates the strange and wonderful collision of shifty artists, disgraced engineers, high/low/no tech hackers, rogue scientists, beauty school dropouts, backyard pyros, and industrial espionage that has come to define the emerging field of robotic art.

Participants include robots that sketch, carve, float, wiggle, hum, ring, grow, wander, and sing, as well a number of works the form and function of which are not yet well understood."

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  • will Bender be there?
    - [stargrazer]
  • i'm scared if robots that "carve."
    - [ben]
  • isn't this the plot of a horror film?
    - [stargrazer]
  • i met some people who went to this show. they are still alive.
    - [ben]
  • Hey, I think I dated that robot.
    - [OtherPlace]
  • alive? or have they been eviscerated, and had their inards replaced with "...more
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Paris's new slant on underground movies

La Mexicaine de la Perforation:

"There are, at most, 15 of them. Their ages range from 19 to 42, their professions from nurse to window dresser, mason to film director.

And in a cave beneath the streets of Paris, they built a subterranean cinema whose discovery this week sent the city's police into a frenzy."

[Read the whole Gaurdian Article]

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  • wow. that's pretty neat- it calls to mind a great documentary i saw on NYs forme...more
    - [ben]
  • peter and i have discussed our ideas on the "mobile drive-in" where a...more
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